This Website Is Helping Students Vote Tactically In The UK Election And You Should Check It Out

Attempting to solve the problems of disenfranchised youth

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As with every election so close to its climax, things are getting dirty in the lead up to the UK General election, on June 8, 2017.

Despite Theresa May's protests about doing proper debates, Jeremy Corbyn - leader of the UK Labour party - engineered something of a televised debate when he bamboozled her with a question live on air.

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And the memes, the memes are getting out of control:

You know it's nearly voting time when that happens.

As well as being unsporting, people are getting tactical.

Firstly, there was a spreadsheet doing the rounds that gave you a handy how-to about keeping the Tories out of government.

The girl who started the chart, called Becky Snowden, spoke to Indy100 about her spreadsheet.

I have always been really disappointed with our voting system. It isn't fair. If you live in some constituencies you often only have a choice of one or two candidates because there is no way any others could get in. Or even worse – you could live in a "safe" seat where it doesn't matter who you vote for at all, the incumbent will win. This means one person's vote is not equal to another's. Some people's votes matter and others don't. But the parties in power won't change it because it keeps them in power. That sentence horrifies me.

However, not all plans are constructed to oust one particular party. A new site, called GE2017.com helps students decide whether to use their vote in their home or their university constituency, for students are one of the only categories that are allowed to be registered to vote in two different places.

Jeremy Evan, who co-founded the site, told Indy 100:

We've built a custom algorithm that brings in data from several different sources, not just the 2015 election results - we take into account everything from betting odds to how well a constituency's Brexit vote matches up with that of their current MP.

Evan co-founded the site with Matt Morley, after Morley's sister asked them where she should vote.

Apparently, 'the website has had 70,000 users in a few days, and is currently getting a new user every half a second.'

There seems to have been a conscious effort by the Liberal Democrats and Labour to mobilise young people into voting - with pledges to legalise cannabis (in the case of the Lib Dems) and remove University tuition fees (in the case of Labour).

Corbyn has even gone to Grime artist JME in an attempt to access more people who may feel disenfranchised by the current Tory Government.

However, this website gives Students a unique perspective on how their vote can be important, since they have an option as to where their voice can be most audible.

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